When It Rains, It Floods: Stokesdale Family Dealing With Major Yard Flooding

Stokesdale Family Dealing With Major Yard Flooding

STOKESDALE, N.C. -- When it rains in Stokesdale, it floods Sidi Dilmi's entire yard.

Water from Highway 65, the road behind his home and from his neighbors yards all funneling toward his property, which is set lower.

"It washed out my driveway," he explains.  "It goes all the way to the house.  Now I'm afraid of my septic."

Water hasn't gotten into the house yet, but Dilmi is concerned it might.  They just moved in about two years ago, after they built their home on the property.  He said his yard used to be level and now, with the all the spring storms, it's ruined by rain.

Mother Nature has been harsh on Dilmi this season.  His wife Ashley's photography studio was destroyed in a flash flood in Madison at the end of May.

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And now that the water is hitting close to home, he's not sure how to tame the beast.  Any detour pipes they've put up have been washed away, but he's intent on finding some solution.

"I want to start my life in this house," he tells.  "That's what I did and I'm going to fight for it."

Dilmi and his wife have contacted NCDOT and Rockingham County to try and figure out what to do.

DOT says they can take a look at the roads and also the storm drain in the Dilmi's yard.  If there's a need to make it larger, DOT will work to do that.

As for what they can do to fix the yard, the Dilmis will have to consult with the county.

WFMY News 2 has reached out to Rockingham County's Planning Department but have not heard back.

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